We are born with a lens that focuses our vision behind the iris (the colored portion) of our eyes. A cataract is when this natural lens becomes clouded and difficult to see through. While rare, this can occur in babies and is called a congenital cataract, or after an injury, resulting in a traumatic cataract. Typically it is something that occurs in adulthood and is most common in late adulthood. When a cataract develops, it causes blurry vision and a harsh glare off of lights. When treatment is needed, we coordinate a referral to an ophthalmologist who then performs outpatient cataract surgery. Post-operative care can be provided by any of the Crookston and Fosston Eye Clinic doctors.
Written by: Dr. Smith, optometrist since 2006